Meaning of “device” in the English Dictionary

"device" in British English

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devicenoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪs/ us /dɪˈvaɪs/

device noun [ C ] (MACHINE)

B2 an object or machine that has been invented for a particular purpose:

Rescuers used a special device for finding people trapped in collapsed buildings.

a machine, for example a phone or computer, that can be used to connect to the internet:

You can stream music on your tablet or other mobile device.

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(Definition of “device” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"device" in American English

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devicenoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈvɑɪs/

device noun [ C ] (OBJECT)

an object or machine that has been invented to fulfill a particular purpose:

a handheld device
a safety device
He invented a device for measuring very small distances exactly.

device noun [ C ] (METHOD)

a method that is used to produce a desired effect:

His temper tantrums were just a device for attracting attention.

(Definition of “device” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"device" in Business English

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devicenoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪs/ us

an object or machine which has been invented for a particular purpose:

biotech and medical devices
You should not use any personal electronic device, such as a cell phone, while driving.

a method that is used to produce a particular effect:

A trademark can be a powerful marketing device.

(Definition of “device” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)